# Lcm of degrees of irreducible representations

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## Definition

### For a group over a field

Suppose is a group and is a field. The **lcm of degrees of irreducible representations** of is defined as the least common multiple of all the degrees of irreducible representations of over .

### Typical context: finite group and splitting field

The typical context is where is a finite group and is a splitting field for . In particular, the characteristic of is either zero or is a prime not dividing the order of , and every irreducible representation of over any extension field of can be realized over .

Note that the lcm of degrees of irreducible representations depends (if at all) only on the characteristic of the field . This is because the degrees of irreducible representations over a splitting field depend only on the characteristic of the field.

### Default case: characteristic zero

By default, when referring to the lcm of degrees of irreducible representations, we refer to the case of characteristic zero, and we can in particular take .

## Related facts

### What it divides

Any *divisibility* fact stating that the degree of every irreducible representation over a splitting field must divide some fixed number implies that the lcm also divides that fixed number. Some of these are listed below:

- Degree of irreducible representation divides order of group: Hence, the lcm of degrees of irreducible representations divides the order of the whole group.
- Degree of irreducible representation divides index of center: Hence, the lcm of degrees of irreducible representations divides the index of the center, which is also the order of the inner automorphism group.
- Degree of irreducible representation divides index of abelian normal subgroup: Hence, the lcm of degrees of irreducible representations divides the index of any abelian normal subgroup.

### Subgroups, quotients, direct products

- lcm of degrees of irreducible representations of subgroup divides lcm of degrees of irreducible representations of group
- lcm of degrees of irreducible representations of quotient group divides lcm of degrees of irreducible representations of group
- lcm of degrees of irreducible representations of direct product is lcm of lcms of degrees of irreducible representations of each direct factor